June 8, 2020

God Can’t and an Eros Theology

Right now would be a great time to switch gears and throw a little love out for your listening pleasure. I recorded this conversation awhile back. I am sure many of you are familiar with my next guest. Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is a best-selling and award-winning author, having written or edited more than twenty-five books. He directs a doctoral program at Northwind Theological Seminary and the Center for Open and Relational Theology. A twelve-time Faculty Award-winning professor, Oord teaches at institutions around the globe. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.

The topic is centered on the question I asked Thomas, which was “Do you have an eros theology?” To which he responded, “Yes, I do!”

Thomas shares the synopsis of his book God Can’t

What does it look like to rethink God’s power and consider God’s love as uncontrollable? He then breaks down what relational theology looks like.

“Love has to be the center of theology.”

“I wanted to have a definition of love.”

“To love is to act intentionally in relational response to God and others; to promote overall well-being.”

“Love is constantly asking the question: What Promotes the common good?”

“Is it OK if we talk some about sex on this show? Let me go on some wild directions…”

Can pleasure promote well-being? What about masturbation? Is vulnerability easier within monogamy?

We discuss polyamory, why eros is the umbrella, and eroticism is the sub-category. Whitehead’s influence on Oord, “reality is comprised of events…” and more.

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